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11/May/2021

An ankle sprain is a common injury that occurs when one or more ligaments on your ankle are overstretched or twisted. Any awkward twists or turns may lead to abnormal joint stresses that may cause a sprain or ligament damage as severe as a tear. The ligaments that surround your ankle hold your bones together.

Why Ankle Sprain?

It is most common in people who perform sports activities. All ligaments in your ankle have a certain extent up to which they can move to protect your joints. It causes a sprain when those ligaments are forced to move out of their limits.

The major ligaments of the ankle are the anterior tibiofibular ligament, the lateral collateral ligaments, and the deltoid ligaments. There are mainly two types of ankle sprain such as medial ligament injury and lateral ligament injury. A medial ankle sprain occurs when the deltoid ligament on the inside of the ankle joint is stretched too far. The medial ankle ligaments are sturdy structures on the side of the ankle joint. Based on the severity of the twists or injury, sprains have been classified as mild, moderate, and severe. It is a rare type of ankle injury as the medial ligaments are strong. However, it will take more time to heal than other ankle sprains.

The majority of the ankle sprains are lateral ligament injuries, also known as inversion injuries. Your foot forcefully twists inward and the ligaments are torn due to the rapid shift. This type of injury is most common in sports stars, athletes, and martial artists. They are also prone to chronic ankle sprains as the history of previous injuries and poor care are the main risk factors.

Other risk factors include:

  • Repeated stretching of ligaments due to daily activities
  • Sports activities
  • Poor or incorrectly fitted footwear
  • High Heels
  • Walking through risky surfaces
  • Poor physical strength
  • Any actions or falls that causes your ankle to move out of its normal position

When to see the doctor? : Signs & Symptoms

The primary symptom of an ankle sprain is obvious pain and swelling in the ankle. Putting pressure on your ankle with movement or placing weight will be painful and it may spread around the whole ankle. The signs and symptoms include:

  • Tenderness and bruising
  • Difficulty or uneasiness in movements
  • Stiffness on the affected foot
  • Instability in walking

How can I treat Ankle Sprain? : Treatment options

Treatment options need to be decided on the basis of the severity of injuries on your ankle. Surgeries are not required in most cases unless ligaments are torn completely.

Initial Assessment – In this step, the doctor will conduct a physical examination to study the signs and symptoms. It will be helpful in understanding the severity of the symptoms and injury. The doctor may also use an X-Ray, MRI Scan, or Ultrasound Scan during the initial assessment.

Treatment – The doctor will first educate you on your particular injury and how to manage this. He uses conservative treatments methods include:

  • Ice treatment – helps to reduce inflammation in the affected area.
  • Complete foot care measures – educate you about home treatments and care.
  • Suggest the best shoes and suitable Moon Boots as per your condition.
  • Help with physiotherapy
  • Prescribe non-steroidal and anti-inflammatory drugs to reduce pain.
  • Other options to reduce activity and limit motions
  • Do the regular assessment

According to studies, more than 90% of ankle sprains are treated without surgery. However, the duration of the treatments may vary depends on the type of symptoms and injury.

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Health & Style Medical Centre, the first private podiatry practice in Abu Dhabi, aspire to provide the most up to date knowledge and understanding of the lower limb whilst delivering world-class service to our patients with the aid of state of the art Podiatry equipment.

HSMC will do the most effective and advanced treatment for ankle sprains.

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11/May/2021

Flat Feet: Types, Symptoms, assessment and Treatment

Flat feet is typically a painless condition or postural deformity in which the arches of your feet are flattening and completely in contact with the ground.

What happens if you have Flat Feet?

The arch of your foot helps to support your body weight and provides stability and balance. People with flat feet condition have a very little arch or no arch as their feet are flattened on the floor. Although it is painless, it can cause pain on your ankles and foot when your leg muscles are overburdened to carry out the functions of the foot arch.

You need to be aware of the fact that not all flat feet are deformities. Some with flat feet condition may not have problems in their lives and daily activities. However, there are some other conditions that are related to flat feet. It could be a reason for the growth of bunions and hammertoes. It can also cause pain in your heel, arch, ankle, knee, hip, and ultimately your lower back.

What causes Flat Feet?

Genetic factors are the most common cause of flat foot as children can have this condition by hereditary. Flat foot caused due to genetic condition cannot be prevented, but we can prevent it from being worse.

According to the studies, the condition of flat feet or fallen arches is most common in infants and children. However, arches can become high or normal as children grow. Your foot arches usually develop during the infant and childhood stages.

Some people have birth deformities like the tarsal coalition that cause flat foot. A tarsal coalition is an unusual connection that grows between two bones within the back of the foot, known as the tarsal bones. This may lead to restricted movement and fallen arches.  Some other rare causes include:

  • Abnormalities in fetal development.
  • Damage to the plantar fascia, the thick tissue that protects foot bones.
  • Wear and tear and getting older
  • Obesity

When to see the doctor? : Signs & Symptoms

The important thing for most people to understand is that not all flat feet need to be treated as long as the condition is not causing any problems for you. But it is strongly recommended to see the doctor if you have flat feet and you are suffering with:

  • Pain in the ankle, knee, or hip.
  • Trouble in walking or body balance
  • Numbness and tingling

How can I treat Flat Feet? : Treatment options

Treatment options need to be decided on the basis of what type of flat feet you have. There are usually two types of fallen arches: functional and structural. In the case of a functional flat foot, your foot is flexible and the arch is visible when it is not on the ground. It becomes flat when you stand and in contact with the ground. Structural flat foot is more complicated as it is a condition due to abnormal foot structure or deformities like a tarsal coalition.

Initial Assessment – The first and most important part of treatment is to decide the need and type of treatment.  In this step, the podiatrist will find whether your condition is a functional flat foot or a structural flat foot. The doctor will:

  • Observe your stance
  • Assess different foot positions
  • Ask questions on signs & symptoms and conditional problems
  • Measurement of feet can be done using a variety of instruments such as Pedoscope, Goniometer (to measure foot angles), and computerized pressure analysis mapping.
  • refer X-Ray or Ultrasound scan

Treatment – The podiatrist will first educate you on your particular condition and how to manage this. Being aware of the abnormality and following conservative care prescribed by the doctor will help you to manage the flat feet and prevent it from getting worse. Podiatrist will:

  • Help you with complete foot care
  • Prescribe strengthening and stretching exercises.
  • Suggest best shoes, insoles orthotics, and other shoe inserts that provides anatomical arch support.
  • Help with physiotherapy
  • Prescribe non-steroidal and anti-inflammatory drugs to reduce pain.
  • Do regular assessment

In severe abnormalities and structural deformities, the podiatrist will recommend surgery. It is rarely needed and will be helpful if conservative care is not worked well. Surgery can be effective if the problem is with your bones, tissues, or muscles. However, a combination of both surgery and conservative foot care can assure you better support to live well with flat feet.

WE HELP YOU STAND ON YOUR FEET

Health & Style Medical Centre, the first private podiatry practice in Abu Dhabi, aspire to provide the most up to date knowledge and understanding of the lower limb whilst delivering world class service to our patients with the aid of state of the art Podiatry equipment.

HSMC will do most effective and advanced treatment for Flat Feet.

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11/May/2021

Bunion: Types, Symptoms, assessment, and Treatment

A Bunion is a bony growth normally affecting the big joints of the feet. Genetic factors are being considered as the major cause of bunions.  However, there are some other factors such as types of shoes that you wear, activities, and other injuries that you had in the past that could all influence the occurrence of a bunion. These factors can also cause a small bunion to develop into a larger one.

How to prevent bunions formation?

Generally, there is not a really great answer to this concern. It is always suggested to protect your feet by wearing good shoes and pay attention to any pressure that is being placed on the toe.

Bunions are generally painful and they start off mild and can get worse. It comes in all sorts of sizes and shapes. There are mainly two types of Bunions. One is being formed due to wearing bad shoes. It pushes your big toe over the little toes and the inflammation overtime builds bone. In the other type, you are born with bunions.

The definition of bad shoes has no relation to how expensive your shoes are. Sometimes the most expensive shoes can be worse. You should always need shoes that will fit your foot.

How to Treat Bunions?

As a bunion gets more symptomatic and starts to rub on your shoe that is the time when you should treat it. If a bunion development is found, the treatment starts with easy conservative measures to hopefully avoid it from progressing. But, it is not always successful. Bunions treatment uses different devices like toe sleeves or toe spacers and bunion splints which are used to wrap around the toe to pull it over. Sometimes you need to have surgery that will help to ensure that the bunion is not as much of a problem.  In the case of surgery, the surgeon will try to tailor the particular surgery to the individual as there are many other options. It will involve correcting both alignments of the bones, joints, and even correcting the ligaments.

The recovery time after surgery can be varied depending upon the particular surgery that is being chosen. In some cases, you can use boots or shoes immediately after the surgery to walk. But there are other cases where you have to be very careful to protect the bunion. You are not allowed to wear shoes and walk for the first few weeks until it is safe to do so.

The techniques and the options which correct bunions have grown to the point where fast recoveries are possible with less invasive techniques. At present, bunion recovery is much easier than it has been in the past.

WE HELP YOU STAND ON YOUR FEET

Health & Style Medical Centre, the first private podiatry practice in Abu Dhabi, aspire to provide the most up to date knowledge and understanding of the lower limb whilst delivering world-class service to our patients with the aid of state of the art Podiatry equipment.

HSMC will do the most effective and advanced treatment for Bunions.

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11/May/2021

Feet helps us stand high and proceed further. From crawling to running, feet is our ultimate companion. But often we ignore and tend to take less care of our feet. We do take care of our hands since they are more visible, but somehow we end up forgetting the necessity of taking care of our feet.

Like that was not enough, the cherry on the top is we often harbor some common myths about our feet. These myths have no scientific logic or explanation but because great grandma told us so, we consider it as an ultimate truth. These myths need to be addressed.

4 Myths about Foot Care

Myth 1: Diabetic Foot Ulcer Doesn’t Need Treatment Since It Doesn’t Hurt

Truth: What if we tell you that there is pain but you just don’t feel it? Yes, that is true. Diabetes can damage your nerve and that is why you don’t feel pain. Diabetes can even result in poor blood flow to your feet which increase the probability of having ulcer and infection. Therefore they should never ever be ignored.

Myth 2: Plantar Warts Can Be Dealt with Duct Tape or Salve

Truth: We have a whole article on this subject. Do visit our blog about plantar warts to know more. In a nutshell, you cannot solve plantar warts with mere duct tapes and salve. They can even spread and cause more infection. So if you are facing this problem, do consult with doctors or contact us.

Myth 3:

The development of bunions entirely depends on the shoes you are wearing.

Truth: Again we have an article on this subject too, read it here. Yes, it is true that shoes can be one of the reasons of bunions but obviously not the only reason. Bunions are mostly resultants of ankle twists and they can also be inherited or from any kind of previous deformity.

Myth 4: Heel Pain Means Heel Spur

Heel spur is surely one of the reasons for heel pain but there are several other reasons too. Do check our blog on heel spur. Few of the reasons for heel pain can be

• Plantar Fasciitis
• Achilles tendinitis
• Arthritis
• Infection
• an autoimmune problem trauma
• a neurological problem
• some other systemic condition

So crux of the matter is, if there’s a pain in your heel, better consult with a doctor and don’t act one.
We are expert in any feet problem, feel free to consult with us for any problem that you are facing.


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11/May/2021

Fitness is a very important aspect of life and wise people say until and unless you are completely fit and healthy, no matter how wealthy you are, you can never be happy.

A lot of people correlate physical activity with fitness which is a right thing to do. Having said that, there are a lot of myths about different physical activities/exercises which we would like to break in our myth breaker series. In this first episode of the series we would like to break few myths about running and jogging.

Running and jogging are known to be one of the most effective exercises. After swimming, running and jogging are the most effective exercises to burn calories. Since swimming is not feasible for a lot of people, many people depend on running/jogging for their daily exercises. But there are certain myths around jogging which we would like to address here.

Here are 5 Common Jogging or Running Myths

Myth 1: You Will Be Burning 1000 Kcal for 1 Hour of Jogging

Truth: The amount of calorie you will be burning is completely dependent on the pace that you have. Yes, you can burn 1000 kcal in an hour of jogging but only when you run 10 km/hour speed. If you run at 6 km/hour speed, you will be burning close to 600 kcal.

Myth 2: It’s Good to Run On Road or Hard Surface in The Park

Truth: It is never ever recommended to run on a hard surface. It can lead to multiple complications of your feet. It can increase the possibility of heel spur, it can also cause plantar fasciitis. If you are facing any heel pain or feet problem, you should immediately consult with a doctor. You can also reach to us here.

Myth 3: Your Normal Sneakers Are Fine for Jogging/Running

Truth: When you are running or jogging, you are putting a lot of stress on your feet and therefore your feet needs special care. Just any random sneakers will not do justice to your feet since the requirement is entirely dependent on the design on your feet, your biomechanics, your weight, and any injury if you might have. Therefore you would need a specially designed shoes custom made for you. This might cost you some extra money but if you get injured, that will cost you even more. We would recommend contacting PodiatryAbuDhabi for any such requirement.

Myth 4: You Need to Jog/Run Every Day

Truth: The frequency of your jogging and your resting both are equally important for your healthy body. If you run 7 days a week, you wouldn’t get any resting period and thus it will not do any good to you. We would recommend jogging 5 days a week.

Myth 5: With Proper Practice, Everyone Can Run Marathon

Truth: It might sound demotivating but around 20% joggers/runners will never be able to complete a marathon since they don’t have a muscle mass which can help them to run long distance. Therefore if you cannot complete a marathon, don’t lose heart, it’s not the end of the world.

Hope this knowledge helps! For any complication for your heel/feet, feel free to contact us here.


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11/May/2021

Although our feet do a lot of work for us, they are often the most ignored part of our body. A good foot massage can have many benefits for us and hence it has been practiced in different cultures as part of its traditions.

Here are the Top 5 Unexpected Benefits of Foot Massage

Helps us Sleep Better:

A relaxing foot massage can help the body unwind. A foot massage just before going to bed will encourage restful sleep. There are many acupuncture points on our feet which when massaged or pressed with a right amount of force helps us to sleep better.

Improves Blood Circulation:

Even 10 minutes of daily foot massage can help improve blood circulation. Also foot massage will stimulate the lymphatic system and prevent varicose veins. Although a foot massage does wonder to our circulation system, but it is not always enough. You need to wear proper footwear which will not hamper the normal circulation in the feet. That is why it is not advisable to wear very tight shoes.

Helps you Relax:

Many of us due to our jobs have to wait and stand for long hours. After a long tiring day the best way to rest is through a soothing foot massage. It relives the feet of stress and fatigue.

Fights Depression:

Although this might not be known but a study published in 2010 had proved that foot massage provides consolation in times of adapting to changes in life and during grieving periods. This has something to do with the science of reflexology and acupuncture.

Relief from Pain:

It is advisable to use warm oil for foot massage so that it easily penetrate deep in the skin. You can start with gentle yet firm strokes at home.

For reflexology you can visit our podiatry clinic to get treatment from experts for any kind of foot ache.


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11/May/2021

Diabetic Foot Problems

High blood sugar levels in our body can lead to nerve damage and poor blood circulation. Diabetics related foot problems can be a nightmare if not treated at the proper time. Even a small infection can take a very longer time to heal because of poor blood circulation. The situation can turn worse to become a gangrene and then it might be necessary to amputate that part off the body. So it’s better that we become cautious at an early stage.
Diabetics related problems in the foot can lead to loss of sensation to heat, cold or touch. There can be thickening of toe nails, blisters and ulcers, warts and corns in the affected part of the feet. There might be a burning sensation as well as pain in our foot.

Diabetic Foot Care Tips

1. Wash your feet: Make sure that you wash your feet every day with a mild soap and warm water. The water should not be very hot and you should check it before your legs are exposed to them.
2. Pat Dry: It is extremely important to carefully pat dry your feet. Moist environment becomes an amicable host for the breeding of various infections. It’s also necessary to dry the area between your toes as well.
3. Moisturize dry skin: If you feel that your feet are rough or dry then only use a gentle lotion. Do not use lotion between your toes.
4. Avoid walking bare foot: Walking bare foot can cause injuries and can get infected easily.
5. Inspect your feet: Inspect your feet every day for any sores, bruises, or cuts.
6. Never attempt to remove any foot lesions or corns and warts by yourself. Also do not use any antiseptic liquids on cuts and bruises. Immediately see your doctor or podiatrist. If your feet is in a very bad condition, do not stand in once place for a very long time. It’s advisable to wear cushioned natural fiber made socks.
7. Tight shoes are not recommended. Choose comfortable well fitted shoes at all times.

If these DIY tips doesn’t work for you, consult with our Abu Dhabi Podiatrists. We can give you the best solution for your feet! Give us a call on 02 633 0515 / 055 511 6072 and get an appointment today.


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11/May/2021

Why You Need Vitamin D?

From our very childhood we have been hearing form our mothers about the importance Vitamin D in our bodies. Though many of us might know that it is actually important but not many people know why! So here’s a short preview of the importance of Vitamin D. We are pretty sure after reading this article the next time you encounter sunlight, you might not dislike it.

Bone Density and Growth

Have you ever heard of a person who has soft bones and you have always wondered what could be the probable cause of it! The probable answer is deficiency of Vitamin D. Vitamin D is mostly needed in our body for absorbing Calcium. Lesser the absorption of calcium in our body, softer the bone is. Also lesser calcium percentage might hamper proper growth of bones as well. But the importance of Vitamin is not limited to this, here are few other important aspects of Vitamin D.

Reducing Risk of Multiple Diseases

1. Sclerosis is a disease where the immune system ends up eating the protecting coverings of nerves. Vitamin D reduces the risk of having this disease.
2. Vitamin D also reduces the risk of heart related problems.
3. It also helps in prevention of flu

Fighting Depression

In one study it was found that people who suffer from anxiety and depression often show improvement if Vitamin D is administered to them. Vitamin D plays a vital role in mood swings, anxiety problem and depression.

Losing weight

In case you are carrying some extra pounds in your body and you are just not comfortable about it, you might want to add some Vitamin D to your diet. According to scientists extra calcium and Vitamin D has an appetite suppressing effect.
So the next big question is, where to get Vitamin D from? Yes, we have answers for that too, just keep reading

Sunlight

Yes, the oldest and yet the most effective way to get some Vitamin D.

Vitamin D tablets, liquids, and supplements

In case you are suffering from Vitamin D deficiency, do consult a doctor. Your doctor might prescribe you some vitamin D tablets or liquids or supplements. Guess what, you can buy these online from Propharma now. To buy them, click here.

Strong: Food sources
And obviously another organic and natural way of having some Vitamin D would be from food. Here are a list of few food items which are rich in Vitamin D. Do consider them in your diet.
• Egg yolk
• Salmon, Tuna, Mackerel
• Sardines
• Milk (fortified)
• Orange juice (fortified)
• Cereal (fortified)
• Yogurt (fortified)
• Beef liver
• Cheese

So go out, soak some sun, have some vitamin D enriched food, take some Vitamin D tablets and live a healthy life.


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11/May/2021

What is Plantar Warts?

Warts are infections on the skin caused by one particular strain of human papillomavirus (HPV). Warts which grow on the plantar surface (Bottom) of the foot are known as plantar warts. Warts are mostly non painful in nature. However, depending on the area and size of the wart it might prove to be a cause of irritation and pain. Plantar warts can be seen in all age groups but they are most common amongst high school going children.

Causes of Plantar Warts

• Using public showers can cause plantar warts
• If you like to swim you should know that swimming pools can be a reason for warts too
• Some kind of wound, friction on the skin sometimes might cause plantar wart
• Weakened immune system can also be the probable causes for the spread of infection.
Plantar warts are non-malignant and non-cancerous, in fact in about sometime most warts go away without any treatment. The size of the warts is 2-3 cms in general. However some warts may grow bigger and other might just might take the shape of little colonies.

Treatment of Plantar Warts

Home Remedy for Plantar Warts:

There are various ways of treating the wart at home. Duct tape is one such home remedy. A small strip can be placed over the wart and left for a few days. It can be removed just by peeling of the duct tape. The peeling method can be applied with salicylic acid as well.

Visit our clinic:

1. Cryotherapy: If you visit our podiatry clinic our doctor might suggest you to go for cryotherapy. Cryotherapy is basically done to freeze the wart by applying liquid nitrogen to it. Usually the dead tissue falls of within a week or so. Sometimes it might take you a few sittings with us to get rid of the wart completely.
Other popular treatments are,
1. Laser Treatment
2. Minor Surgery
3. Vaccination

Although warts are mostly non painful yet they might prove to be very unbecoming for us at certain situations. They become a cause for embarrassment for us in social gatherings and can indirectly be the cause of our low self-esteem. So it’s extremely important that they should be treated


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11/May/2021

What is Ingrown Toenails?

The medical term for ingrown toenails is onychocryptosis. It is a condition that can affect any of our toenails but the most usual area is the big toe. It is a painful manifestation of the nail to grow deep inside our skin and pierce through the tissues. Redness and swelling are the symptoms of it. It can become severe in cases where it may form a boil and to generate puss. Ingrown toenails are most common among adults. It rarely affects children. Athletes suffer quite frequently from ingrown toenails.

Possible Causes of Ingrown Toenails

• A pre existing fungal infection on the toes and cause the nails to grow abruptly without a proper shape.
• Ingrown toenails can be a persistent problem in a particular family. Basically it depends on the shape of your nails. The more round it is, the greater the risk.
• A pre existing or repetitive injury on the toenail will eventually make it thick. This type of injury is common amongst sports persons.
• Wearing very tight shoes will put an abnormally high pressure on the nails, causing them to grow erratically.
• Lastly factors like how we trim our nails, how we maintain our feet hygiene, the types of shoes we wear, all these can be triggers for the growth of ingrown toenails.

Treatment of Ingrown Toenails

• The treatment for the problem varies according to its severity. If the wound is minor it can be easily treated at home.
• Soak your feet in a mixture of warm water with vinegar or Epsom salts daily for 10 mins. Maintain foot hygiene. Trim your nails from time to time but remember not to cut them too short.
• However if the ingrown nails forms a fungal infection with puss formation then it is advised to visit our clinic HSMC. Upon examining the condition, it is possible that our podiatrist may suggest for a small surgery. The surgery will basically be to clean up the wound, elevate and cut off the ingrown and a dressing afterwards. Antibiotics are also prescribed generally. With the permission of the doctor, it is ok to take mild painkillers to get relief from excessive pain.



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